Dear Refuge Family,
We are so thankful for your love and support, and meeting with you every Sunday and in our weekly COGS is something we cherish above all measure. God's purpose for Refuge Long Beach has always been to be a light and beacon in the Long Beach Community.
Part of being a light and beacon means to be responsible stewards over the ministry God has allowed us to be a part of.
As some of you may already know, California's governor, Gavin Newsom, has issued an order for large gatherings over 250 people to suspend meeting, and for smaller gatherings to take extra precautions. This is due to the recent pandemic related to the Coronavirus - or COVID 19.
This order has been created to significantly slow down the spread of the virus. The less people meet, the less likelihood of them being at risk.
After much prayer and discussion, Refuge Long Beach has decided to suspend meeting on Sunday's at the Long Beach Community Center for the time-being.
This was not an easy decision by any means. We understand how much it means to all of us to gather together to share a meal, worship, and study God's Word, and we do not take this lightly.
Even though we will not be meeting in person, we will broadcast our Sunday service online and you can catch it here. Service time remains the same - 11 a.m.
We sincerely hope you will pray with us for this storm to pass soon, and we will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.
Love in Christ -
Refuge Long Beach
Coronavirus Facts and Preventive Measures
(Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Protect Yourself by:
Cleaning your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Staying home if you’re sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Covering coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Cleaning and disinfecting
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.